Your comments demonstrate what is wrong with America these days. If there is something out there that can't be seen but might harm you it must be outlawed. Not because it has or or will cause harm but rather that it might for on sensitive individual out of billions. It is the same irrational fear of nuclear power plants and other invisibles that is frankly out of hand. One can look at Japan and realize that not one person has died yet from the nuclear plant failures there yet still we have this outlandish fear of nuclear power systems.
Now we have another invisible that people can fret over "cell phone radiation", even though we are using the word radiation in a different context here. Note that cell phone radiation is just another form of RF radiation which has well know health issues in the right context. There has never been any purposeful hiding of information here.
Originally Posted by anonymouse
Above is what the article says, and the headline indicates this is the first study (by the FCC, it appears) in 15 years. Fifteen years ago was 1997 at a time where something caused by long-term exposure was too new and too narrowly deployed for a study to have useful data.
RF energy has been in use for a hundred years now, well close to it. The industry and government do know when it becomes a health problem and have known for some time. Right now they simply don't have any evidence to support the idea that the RF energy in a cell phone is a problem.
So, "investigations in the past" aren't necessarily good enough. At present, wireless handsets have been widely deployed for a number of years, so it's worth taking another look, based on epidemiological data, to look for correlations,
Actually such research is worthless. The problem is this, you are bombarded with RF energy everyday in more forms than ever in the past. It would be impossible to isolate out cell phones as a cause with a reasonable confidence level. Beyond that you have people that have worked at TV and radio stations all their lives exposed to RF radiation and we have yet to see brain rumors as a health factor. Not too that demand for cell channels is so high that some of the TV spectrum has been give over to the cell companies.
and, after that, perhaps more thorough studies may be in order. Independent studies.
Have you completely missed the message here? Independent and government sponsored studies around the world have found nothing.
This is how knowledge and science progress; not by declaring that we know everything and putting our heads in the sand as you are suggesting.
Are you off your rocker here? This subject has been studied almost continuously since cell phones emerged around the world. Further studies are still going on, nothing credible has been found.
But, industry studies are essentially worthless,
Your point of view here is worthless. Seriously.
and have historically proven to be so, as there is simply too much bias and vested interest to get results that can be trusted.
Seriously dude you have to look at what motivates this new research. The people looking to blame cell phones for every misfortune in their lives have serious issues. If you want to side with those folks you will have far less credibility around here because of it.
It doesn't even matter whether there is a conscious decision to "cover up" bad results, industry results have simply been shown, historically, to be too deeply affected by bias to be reliable.
Is the wife that looses a husband to brain cancer any more credible when she picks cell phones out of the blame hat and then goes on a crusade to band cell phones? The real fact of the matter hear is that these people have nothing to go on and are just grasping at straws to cope.
I will say it again, is RF energy dangerous? Yes in the right context it is very dangerous. No body is, nor has hidden such information from the public. In the context of a cell phone there has been no indication that the power levels involved can cause health issues.
As to brain tumors our ability to find them has increased rapidly as new technology has evolved. That does not mean there has been an increase in brain rumors over the years. However I would like to know what people blamed brain rumors on before cell phones.